By Nancy J. Hirschmann, Joanne H. Wright
Feminist Interpretations of Thomas Hobbes features the paintings of feminist students who're centrally engaged with Hobbes’s rules and texts and who view Hobbes as a huge touchstone in smooth political suggestion. Bringing jointly students from the disciplines of philosophy, heritage, political concept, and English literature who include assorted theoretical and philosophical ways and a number feminist views, this interdisciplinary assortment goals to attract an viewers of Hobbes students and nonspecialists alike.
As a theorist whose trademark is a compelling argument for absolute sovereignty, Hobbes could appear in the beginning to have little to supply twenty-first-century feminist concept. but, because the individuals to this assortment reveal, Hobbesian political notion offers fertile floor for feminist inquiry. certainly, in attractive Hobbes, feminist thought engages with what's possibly the clearest and such a lot influential articulation of the foundational innovations and ideas linked to modernity: freedom, equality, human nature, authority, consent, coercion, political legal responsibility, and citizenship.
Aside from the editors, the participants are Joanne Boucher, Karen Detlefsen, Karen eco-friendly, Wendy Gunther-Canada, Jane S. Jaquette, S. A. Lloyd, Su Fang Ng, Carole Pateman, Gordon Schochet, Quentin Skinner, and Susanne Sreedhar.
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Extra resources for Feminist Interpretations of Thomas Hobbes (Re-Reading the Canon)
Thus, to be fully aware of the impact of gender biases, it is imperative that we re-read the canon with attention to the ways in which philosophers’ assumptions concerning gender are embedded within their theories. This series, Re-reading the Canon, is designed to foster this process of reevaluation. Each volume will offer feminist analyses of the theories of a selected philosopher. Since feminist philosophy is not monolithic in method or content, the essays are also selected to illustrate the variety of perspectives within feminist criticism and highlight some of the controversies within feminist scholarship.
And like the diversity of these essays, the authors included here represent a range of disciplines, including philosophy, political science, English literature, and history—an interdisciplinarity needed to obtain the complex portrait of Hobbes that we sought. Indeed, the diverse contributors to this volume demonstrate that Hobbesian political thought provides fertile ground for feminist inquiry. It is fertile in that, in engaging Hobbes, feminist theory engages with what is perhaps the clearest and most influential articulation of the foundational concepts and ideas of modernity: freedom, equality, human nature, authority, consent, coercion, political obligation, gratitude, and citizenship.
Wright Nancy J. Hirschmann and Joanne H. Wright asked Carole Pateman and Quentin Skinner to meet with them to talk about Hobbes and feminism. They kindly agreed. This text is the result. NH: Each of you is a leading representative, perhaps even the founding figure, of a different school of Hobbes scholarship and criticism: the Cambridge school and feminism. So it might be a helpful place to start if each of you could talk about your respective orientation, your view of the school, as well as your own individual approach within that larger framework.